Kristen Gillibrand exits presidential race

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has dropped out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has dropped out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.
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U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has dropped out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Kristen Gillibrand exits presidential race

New York's junior senator abandons her struggling presidential campaign.
August 28, 2019

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand ended her presidential campaign Wednesday evening after failing to qualify for the upcoming televised Democratic debate.

Gillibrand’s campaign may have looked good on paper – a popular senator from a big state who had built a national reputation battling sexual assault in the military – but she struggled to gain support from the moment she launched her campaign in January, in a diner in Troy.

Gillibrand, an Albany native who served two years in the House before being appointed to fill Hillary Clinton’s Senate vacancy in 2009, broke the news with The New York Times. She also posted a video to her campaign Twitter account.

Gillibrand, 52, said she would endorse another candidate in the primary, but hasn’t picked one yet. She won reelection to the Senate in 2018, for a term running through the end of 2024. 

Gillibrand’s exit will likely ramp up pressure on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to also drop out of the presidential race. De Blasio has similarly lackluster poll numbers and has also failed to qualify for the upcoming debates. 

Jeff Coltin
is a staff reporter at City & State. He covers New York City Hall.
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